And now comes the scene which I have imagined time and again since I read the first read The Hobbit so many years ago. Smaug. Smaug the Golden. Smaug the Magnificent.
For the back cover of the book I got the chance to illustrate Bilbo's conversation with this last dragon.
My goal was to follow Tolkien's original painting as a guide (as far as overall dragon design and color work).
|Tolkien's original illustration.|
From there I arranged my figures and figured, since there wouldn't be too much room on the back cover, that I would vignette the image somewhat, keep the edges in shadow to help out the designer.
|The finished drawing.|
|Working in the final, digital color.|
|The finished piece.|
I hope you've enjoyed Hobbit week!
If you'd like to catch up on all the posts, you can find the collection below: